Dr. Virani is the Head of Cardiology at Providence Health Care and Physician Program Director for the Provincial Heart Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital.
A key opinion leader for heart failure in Canada, Dr. Virani is the Heart Failure Physician Lead and Senior Medical Advisor at Cardiac Services BC, Past-President and Chair of the Canadian Heart Failure Society as well as Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
He completed his internal medicine and cardiology training at UBC before embarking on a sub-specialization in heart failure and cardiac transplantation at Stanford University. He also has a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University with a focus on healthcare management. His professional interests include public policy related to health care delivery with specific reference to healthcare systems redesign and quality in the Canadian context.
Dr. Virani has authored a number of papers on chronic and acute decompensated heart failure and is a principal investigator on numerous research trials with extensive grant funding.
He is Co-Chair of the Canadian Cardio-Oncology Guidelines and is a primary panelist on the Canadian Heart Failure Guidelines. He is Co-Chair of the Provincial Advisory Panel on Cardiac Health and past Co-Chair of British Columbia’s Specialist Services Committee – a collaboration between the Doctors of BC and BC’s Ministry of Health. He also serves as Medical Director for HeartLife Foundation, Canada’s first and only patient-led national heart failure organization.